Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

On This Day #27 – Delia Bell

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day …. On 16 April circa 1938, Delia Bell (nee Delia Nowell) was born in Bonham, Texas. As a child Bell relocated to Hugo, Oklahoma, and, inspired by the bluegrass music of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, she began singing in her […]


Artist2Artist – Bill Evans: It’s Not You. It’s Them.

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bill Evans and I met up one morning at this year’s Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri. He had just finished teaching beginner banjo to a handful of workshop attendees. Folk Alliance has added a free, and might I add, robust lineup of instrumental workshops to their conference. […]


Artist2Artist: John Cowan – The Choices You Make

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month’s edition of Artist2Artist finds Lisa in discussion with vocalist John Cowan of Newgrass Revival fame, who supplements his solo career touring with The Doobie Brothers. Her complete interview can be heard in the podcast below. If you are the type who regularly taps into […]


On This Day #26 – Carolyn Routh

| February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ….  On February 27, 1967, Carolyn Routh, lead vocalist and bass player for Nu-Blu, was born in Siler City, North Carolina.  Ms Routh has loved music for as long as she can remember. She started singing at church and was always involved […]


Jeff Austin staying busy

| February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

When we published a review of Yonder Mountain String Band’s show in Charlottesville, VA recently, we noted that mandolinist Jeff Austin was absent, owing to the recent birth of a daughter, Penelope. So there was no surprise when we caught up with him for an […]


Artist2Artist – Missy Raines

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you are a touring musician, it happens to you. If you are a new performer, it probably happens more often than you would like. They are the bane of every performing musician: pre-show jitters, on-stage distractions, and getting bummed out when shows don’t go […]


On This Day #25 – Dale Reno

| February 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ………… On February 6, 1961, Dale Reno was born in Roanoke, Virginia. The second son of banjo ace Don Reno, Dale Reno fell in love with musical instruments at the tender age of ten. Initially he built his first set of drums […]


Hey, Fletcher Bright… What’s in your case?

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here is a new moon report from Lisa Jacobi, with another of her “What’s in your case?” video episodes. This time it’s with her friend, and fiddle wizard, Fletcher Bright. As Lisa tells us, “He hangs the moon” for her. What is with this girl and the lunar […]


Artist2Artist – Larry Cordle

| January 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bluegrass Today contributor Lisa Jacobi recently spoke with acclaimed singer-songwriter Larry Cordle whose song he wrote with Jenee Fleenor – Big Blue Raindrops – is sitting at #4 on Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Airplay chart. Lisa caught up with Larry at the world famous Station Inn […]


On This Day #24 – Big Country Bluegrass

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

On This Day ……….. On January 7, 1987, Big Country Bluegrass, based in Troutdale, Virginia, was formed. The ultra-traditional band was named after the Jimmy Martin instrumental Big Country, a tune that he recorded with J. D. Crowe on November 22, 1966. The tune was […]